Scenic Cruise From Passau to Cologne along the Danube, Main & Rhine

12 days from £1,299pp.


Visit: Rudesheim, Germany


Visit: Bamberg, Germany


Visit: Regensburg, Germany


Visit: Wurzburg, Germany

About the Tour

Experience the enchantments of three of Europe’s mighty rivers on this fantastic river cruise. Witness the dramatic scenery as we cruise by steep vineyards, ancient fairy tale castles, pretty wine towns and historic cities, right in the heart of Germany. Setting sail from Passau on board the MV Esmeralda, enjoy the delights of the Danube before entering the majestic Main River and completing your cruise along the picturesque Rhine, disembarking in Cologne.

Tour Includes

  • 9 nights cruising with full board
  • 2 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 evening meal
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.



    We head into Germany and travel along the scenic ‘Romantic Road’, visiting the charming medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, before an overnight stay in Bavaria.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    We head to Passau, picturesquely set where the Danube is joined by the Inn and Ilz Rivers. After some free time, we board our cruise ship, the MV Esmeralda, for our nine-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    We cruise along the Danube towards Regensburg, arriving early afternoon. Regensburg is one of the largest and most well-preserved cities in Bavaria. Founded by the Romans, highlights include the Dom St. Peter and the Old Town Hall. Pretty squares offer an unspoilt view of the city’s architectural masterpieces. We moor in Regensburg overnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We continue along the Danube to Kelheim, where we have free time before cruising to Hilpoltstein.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We cruise along the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. This cosmopolitan city offers a bustling market square, which provides the main hub of activity, with its restaurants, shops and bars.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We cruise to Bamberg on the River Main, one of the true highlights of Bavaria, best represented in its stunning medieval architecture and half-timbered buildings. Explore the winding streets, the Imperial Cathedral, Old Town Hall, the Royal Neue Residence and Bamberg’s ‘Little Venice’ area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    This morning finds us in Hassfurt and we then spend a full day cruising along the River Main to Kitzingen and later Wurzburg, where we moor overnight. The city is known as ‘The Pearl of the Romantic Road’ and is home to the 18th century Residenz Palace, the Romanesque St. Kilian Cathedral and the old Main Bridge.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We cruise to Wertheim. Enjoy a relaxing day of sailing while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Main River.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Relax as we cruise to Mainz, arriving around midday. Join our optional excursion by coach to Heidelberg, before rejoining the ship in the bustling wine town of Rüdesheim on the banks of the Rhine.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    A day of fantastic scenery as we cruise through the Rhine Gorge and past the legendary Loreley Rock. We continue past vineclad slopes and majestic fortresses, before reaching our final destination, Cologne, the capital of the Rhineland. Spend the afternoon exploring this fine city with its main focal point being the Dom Cathedral.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We disembark and return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Ports of Call

    • Passau
    • Regensburg
    • Nuremberg
    • Bamberg
    • Wurzburg
    • Mainz
    • Rüdesheim
    • Rhine Gorge & Cologne

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Heidelberg*


     *Heidelberg excursion available on September tour only.

      Cabin Upgrades (per person)

     Promenade Deck Cabin £60 

     No single rooms/cabins available.

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    You will spend nine nights aboard the 3-star MV Esmeralda. Cabin accommodation is on two decks: main and promenade. There is a lounge with bar, restaurant and sun deck. All cabins have twin beds, en suite facilities with shower, picture window and a safe. The MV Esmeralda has a lift between the main deck and the promenade deck, and a stair lift between the promenade deck and the sun deck.

    Your overnight hotels in Belgium and Germany will be in city-style hotels. 

    River Cruising

    Mv Esmeralda

    Mv Esmeralda

    Mv Esmeralda

    MV Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. MV Esmeralda can accommodate 126 passengers on two decks and is air conditioned throughout. There is a lounge bar, restaurant and sun deck which is partially covered to allow you to enjoy the passing scenery whatever the weather.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.


    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are between £1/1.25 Euros and £3/3.75 Euros per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and air holidays, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services near Folkestone. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express, operate to and from the U.K. interchange. You will join your main tour coach at the interchange.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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